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Poster: jonnyretro67 Date: Oct 22, 2013 11:24pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: who was on when?

I have listened to otr virtually every night for the past 5 or 6 years. I want to switch some things up. Does anyone know where I might find an old radio schedule? I'd like to listen to an authentic "Friday Night on the radio" as it might have been in 1948. Any ideas, places you could point me too?
thanks every so much in advance!

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Oct 23, 2013 12:17am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: who was on when?

Google news archive might be useful.

For example, here is the schedule for 15 October 1948 in a part of Ohio (you'll have to copy and paste the link, it cannot be clicked):;sjid=iYQMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6096%2C6415587

That particular newspaper uses excessive short-hand, but there are other newspapers.

For New York City schedules, there's this website:
Search in the name of a program, and get pages such as this 1944 schedule (again, copy and paste the link instead of clicking on it):;u=ffffffffa7734213&DocId=2510827&Index=Z%3a%5cIndex%20I%2dE%2dV&HitCount=3&hits=b1d+b1e+b1f+&SearchForm=C%3a%5cinetpub%5cwwwroot%5cFulton%5fNew%5fform%2ehtml&.pdf

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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Oct 23, 2013 12:56am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: who was on when?

JJ's Radio Logs is a massive site that has radio listings for almost every day from 1930 to 1960, from The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, in PDF format.

Select the year on the left side, then the month, then the paper and date:

Unfortunately, most of the shows listed in the daily papers are no longer available to us. Another site that has the ability to look up shows by date is David Goldin's Radio GOLDINdex. The good thing about this site is that the shows featured are still in existence, in one form or another, and can usually be found on the Archive.

Click 'Start Here', then 'Search by Date' at the upper left. From there, click the year that you're interested in, then choose a date:

These are both huge databases, and every OTR fan owes 'JJ' and David Goldin a debt of gratitude for hosting them.

There are some complete days of shows on single pages on the Archive. If you look up "D-Day" in quotes in the search box, you will be able to find complete broadcast days from June 6, 1944. If you look up "complete day" in quotes, you will find a full day of shows from September 21, 1939.

Incidentally, one thing that I learned from perusing JJ's Radio Logs is that the shows Dragnet and Suspense were on opposite each other. What a terrible choice to have to make!

Hope this helped, and that there are some cool shows available from your birthday. :)